Solved Can you put a SATA hard drive into a case built for IDE?

November 21, 2012 at 01:58:57
Specs: Windows 7, amd dual core processor e350
I have an old computer which has two hard drive bays and it was built with IDE drives in it and I was thinking about building a pc inside of the case but with a new motherboard I would have to use SATA drives but I am not sure if these would fit inside of the case.

This is the old computer=
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...

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#1
November 21, 2012 at 03:32:53
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External dimensions of IDE and SATA drives are the same. 3.5 inches normally for desktop drives. 2.5 for laptops. Only the power and data cable connectors are different

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#2
November 21, 2012 at 03:49:10
Great Thanks :)

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#3
November 21, 2012 at 05:15:04
Make sure the new m/b fits into the case. And check that the PSU will support a modern m/b (it probably won't). You may find it easier just to buy a new case or a new bare-bones PC.

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#4
November 21, 2012 at 06:24:41
HP lists that model as a Micro tower. The power supply will most likely be under capacity and a non standard size.

I suggest you just start with a new mid to full tower case. Don't buy a case with a power supply. The power supplies that came with cases are usually junk. Buy both separately.

Before you purchase any parts, I suggest you post a list here of what you are considering. You can get feedback from the helpers here that way.

Conversely, If you post what you want the new PC to do and what your budget is, helpers can advise you.


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